Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Various - Nothing But The Blues

One of the first, if not the first, blues LP's that I bought way back in the early 70's that introduced me to some of the best blues around. OK, there is no Muddy or Howlin Wolf but you get the great J.B. Lenoir, Doctor Ross, Juke Boy Bonner, Otis Rush and many more on the 2 LP's. Put together by Mike Leadbitter to go with the book with the same title. Essential reading at the time.
Thanks go to Rob for requesting it and giving me a chance to hear it again after so many years.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Willie Mabon - Is Back Funky

The sly, insinuating vocals and chunky piano style of Willie Mabon won the heart of many an R&B fan during the early '50s. His salty Chess waxings "I Don't Know," "I'm Mad," and "Poison Ivy" established the pianist as a genuine Chicago blues force, but he faded as an R&B hitmaker at the dawn of rock & roll. Mabon was already well-grounded in blues tradition from his Memphis upbringing when he hit Chicago in 1942. Schooled in jazz as well as blues, Mabon found the latter his ticket to stardom. His first sides were a 1949 78 for Apollo as Big Willie and some 1950 outings for Aristocrat and Chess with guitarist Earl Dranes as the Blues Rockers.
But Mabon's asking price for a night's work rose dramatically when his 1952 debut release on powerful Windy City DJ Al Benson's Parrot logo, "I Don't Know," topped the R&B charts for eight weeks after being sold to Chess. From then on, Mabon was a Chess artist, returning to the top R&B slot the next year with the ominous "I'm Mad" and cracking the Top Ten anew with the Mel London-penned "Poison Ivy" in 1954. Throughout his Chess tenure, piano and sax were consistently to the fore rather than guitar and harp, emphasizing Mabon's cool R&B approach. His original version of Willie Dixon's hoodoo-driven "The Seventh Son" bombed in 1955, as did the remainder of his fine Chess catalog. Mabon never regained his momentum after leaving Chess. He stopped at Federal in 1957, Mad in 1960, Formal in 1962 (where he stirred up some local sales with his leering "Got to Have Some"), and USA in 1963-1964. Mabon sat out much of the late '60s but came back strong after moving to Paris in 1972, recording and touring Europe prolifically until his death. (Bill Dahl - Allmusic)

Later effort from Willie Mabon released in 1972 on the small Blues on Blues label. Not Willie's best lp around but enjoyable to me. Thanks also go to Blue Eye for the rip.


Frits's Tapes Number 65 & 66

Various - Blues From St. Louis Blues Anthology Vol. 5

Henry Townsend
- Cairo Blues
Arthur Weston
- Uncle Sam Called Me
George McCoy
- Things Have Changed
Jimmy Brown
- Two Trains
Ethel McCoy
- Bumble Bee
Henry Brown
- Webster's Blues

George McCoy
- Train
Arthur Weston
- Highway 49
Henry Townsend
- Christmas Blues
Clarence Johnson
- Baby Let Me Come Back Home
Henry Townsend
- Tired Of Being Mistreated
Henry Brown
- Henry's Jive

The last of the re-releases of the much rarer Adelphi lp's.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Visitors requests....maybe you can help out

From now on I'll be using this post for your requests that I'll copy from the Chatbox. I'll do my best to keep it up te date.You may also leave requests, comments  and replies in the usual way and after moderation they will appear. As this posting will drop down the list with every new posting I will update it once a week to insure that it stays visible and near the top. Comments will be deleted regulary to keep them up to date.
Please do not request new or easy to find CD's as they will not be posted here. There are other excellent blogs that can help you out with your request.
That all been said we will have to start from scratch with the requests.

02-06-2014 Marineband:  Big Joe Turner 'Boss Man Of The Blues' LP with Rod Piazza.
08-06-2014 Clare Quilty: Allen Bunn – Baby I'm Gonna Throw You Out & Billy Boy Arnold - Hello Stranger
12-06-2014 Gerard Herzhaft/Blue Eye: I'm looking for a .mp3 copy of only one song by Calvin Leavy:Give me your loving loving loving (originally on a Soul Beat 45 116).
Also, I have a copy that was sent to me of a Calvin Leavy number "One minute before midnight" that no discography includes. Is it another title for "It's a miracle" (I feel that but...)
13-06-2014 Owlface: Victoria Spivey and her Blues - Spivey Records LP-1002
18-06-2014: MarcD: Jody Williams - Time for a change / Lonely without you (Yulando 8665) Needed for research
07-07-2014: Steve626: Ronnie Hawkins - Rrrracket Time, with James Cotton
24-07-2104 Anonymous: Guitar Shorty "On The Rampage" Olive Branch Blues LP - this is Guitar Shorty/David Kearney
04-08-2104 HM: Earl Hooker Put Your Shoes On Willie. Checker 45 B side to Tanya
10-8-2014 Bob Mac: Alfred Bolden: His Last and Greatest (King KS-G3-1106)
13-08-2014 Anonymous: George & Ethel McCoy: Early In The Morning - Adelphi AD 1004
18-08-2014 Gerard Herzhaft:
Elmon Mickle & Ernie Pruitt Whatever You're Doing, Keep On Doing It/ Short 'n' Fat (E. M. and E. P. Records 133)Good Morning Little School girl(Wonder 15001) Any kind of .mp3 would fit!
20-08-2014 Rob F: Va - Those old happy days: 1960s blues from the Gulf (Flyright FLY 513)
23-08-2014 Aunt Fin: VA - Take A Little Walk With Me The Blues in Chicago   1948-1957
Boogie Disease
24-08-2014 Fabio: Big Joe Williams - Highway May on Southland

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Doctor Clayton & His Buddy - Pearl Harbour Blues

Doctor Clayton was an American blues singer and songwriter who performed barefoot, wearing comically large, round glasses.
Peter Joe Clayton was born in Georgia on April 19, 1898 (although he later claimed he had been born in Africa), and moved to St. Louis as a child with his family.  He had four children of his own and worked in a factory in St. Louis, while starting his career as a singer.  He could also play piano and ukelele, although he never did so on record.
Doctor Clayton recorded six sides for Bluebird Records in 1935, but only two of those were ever issued.  His family all died in a house fire in 1937, after which Clayton became an alcoholic and began wearing oversized hats and glasses.  Moving to Chicago with Robert Lockwood, Jr., he received attention from Decca Records, but ultimately returned to Bluebird, recording with them again in 1941-42.  He also recorded for Okeh Records at this time.
Among the songs Clayton wrote were "Cheating And Lying Blues," frequently covered by other blues artists, "Pearl Harbor Blues," written after the Pearl Harbor bombing of 1941, and "Moonshine Woman Blues," which became a chart hit for B.B. King as "The Woman I Love" in 1968.  In 1946, he recorded the tunes "Hold That Train Conductor" and "I Need My Baby," which were also both covered by King.  Most of his later recordings featured Blind John Davis on piano.  He was a regional sales success and played regularly in Chicago nightclubs with Lockwood and Sunnyland Slim.
Doctor Clayton died of tuberculosis on January 7, 1947, shortly after his second recording session.  Big Bill Broonzy and Tampa Red attended his funeral.
Sunnyland Slim is Doctor Claytons Buddy on side 2. These are his first sessions recorded in Chicago and they feature a very irritating whooping/howlering (imo) on almost every track.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Frits's Tapes Nummer 63 & 64

Tape 63:

Tape 64:

Ike Turner & The Kings Of Rhythm - Hey Hey

- Hey Hey - Icky Renrut
- Why Should I
- Jack Rabbit
- Ho Ho - Icky Renrut
- In Your Eyes Baby - Jimmy Thomas
- Star Above - Bobby Foster
- Prancin - Icky Renrut
- Angel Of Love - Bobby Foster
- I Do Love You - Bobby Foster
- Hey Hey - Icky Renrut
- Youre The Only One - Bobby Foster
- Look At That Chick - Johnny Wright
- Gotta Have You For Myself - Johnny Wright
- Shirley Cant You See - Little Bobby Foster
- I Woke Up One Moring - Little Bobby Foster
- I Dont Want To Lose Your Love - Sammy Grimes
- Bag Pipe Special - Sammy Grmes
- Moving Slow - Little Cooper & Drifters
- Evening Train - Little Cooper & Drifters
- East St Louis Rock - Timothy Cooper
- Dear Lovin Man - Timothy Cooper
- Leaving Kansas City - Timothy Cooper
Thanks go again to Stefan Wirz for the track listing and HM for the rip.


Lightnin' Slim - Rooster Blues (mono)

When people talk about Louisiana swamp blues, this is what they're talking about. Excello Records' first foray into albums came with this wonderful collection of singles by Lightnin' Slim largely issued around the success of the title track, an R&B hit in 1960. "Long Leanie Mama," "My Starter Won't Work," "It's Mighty Crazy," "Hoo-Doo Blues," "Tom Cat Blues," "Lightnin' Troubles," "G.I. Slim" and "Feelin' Awful Blues" are all certified swamp blues classics and about as lowdown as the genre can get possibly get. With Lazy Lester on harmonica for the majority of the tracks here, the stripped-down approach to Slim's brand of blues casts these sides in a decidedly front-porch ambience with the added pulsating tape echo and oddball percussive effects just making everything on here sound even more doom-laden. "Lightnin's Blues," the John Lee Hooker-inspired "Just Made Twenty One" and "Sugar Plum." (Allmusic)
Ripped from the original mono LP.


Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Screamin' The Blues

This is a great collection of Screamin' Jay Hawkins blues renditions. Though "I Put A Spell On You" is absent from the track list, this compact disc has a variety of Hawkins blues essentials. One of the best songs on the album is a rare Paul McCartney cover - "Monkberry Moon Delight" - which was featured on McCartney's second solo album "Ram". It's a rousing and supremely entertaining rendition. I strongly recommend this album to blues fans all over, as Screamin' Jay Hawkins pours out his heart and soul into his over-the-top vocals. (Amazon review)
Tracks recorded between 1953-1970.

Track 3 of side 1 is 192kbps (replacement track) due to misuse of the record player many years ago. The rest of the LP is 320kbps.